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Rachel Cohn (born 14 December 1968 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is a young adult fiction author. Her first book, Gingerbread, was published in 2002. Since then she has gone on to write many other successful YA and children's books, and has collaborated on three books with the author David Levithan.
Rachel grew up near DC, and attended Barnard College, Manhattan at the age of 17. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, thinking she wanted to be a journalist. Instead, she moved to San Francisco - where Gingerbread was set - to work at a law firm and began writing. After moving back to New York City, Gingerbread was published followed by a number of other books, often about a strong, witty female protagonist.
Rachel Cohn is now a full-time author living in New York City.
- Gingerbread (2002)
- The Steps (2003)
- Pop Princess (2004)
- Shrimp (2005) - the follow-up to Gingerbread
- Two Steps Forward (2006) - the follow-up to The Steps
- Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist with David Levithan (2007)
- Cupcake (2007) - the last book about Cyd Charisse
- Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List with David Levithan (2007)
- You Know Where to Find Me (2008)
- Very LeFreak (2010)
- Dash & Lily's Book of Dares with David Levithan (2010)
- Beta (2012)
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist was made into a movie directed by Peter Sollett and starred Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as Nick and Norah. Rachel and David can be seen in the background in the scene at Veselka restaurant. Rachel had the idea for Nick & Norah while walking around Central Park, and contacted David because she needed "a guy writer." About the book being made into a film, Cohn has said: "Just having a movie made of the book was unbelievable in itself. Then to see the cameras in New York City in all those streets we'd written about, it makes you feel very powerful."
Works in Progress
Publishers Weekly announced a four-book deal between Disney-Hyperion and Rachel Cohn. The first book, "Beta" was released in Fall 2012. The focus of the series will be more plot-driven than her previous books, as it is sci-fi/fantasy based.